When you’re getting crafty in the kitchen, there are some potentially tasty results waiting for you. With these tricks, your kitchen will be the yummiest place in town!
1. Substitute Applesauce for Sugar
If you’re out of sugar, substitute unsweetened applesauce in your baked goods.
2. Zucchini Noodles
Instead of making pasta every night, use this spiral cutter to make zucchini noodles (zoodles). Zoodles are healthier and pasta and very trendy right now.
3. How to Scoop Egg Shells
If you’re cooking and you drop a little bit of egg shell into the bowl, use the bigger portion of the egg shell to fish out the dropped piece.
4. Keep Greens Fresh
Wash and dry your lettuce, then portion it into plastic bags. Blow up the bags with air, and seal them. They’ll last longer and are already portioned for you. Just make sure the lettuce is dry when you put it into the bags.
5. Yogurt Popsicles
Buy a pack of yogurt, insert popsicle sticks into the closed yogurt packs, and freeze. Now you have the easiest, healthiest popsicles ever!
6. Preserve Herbs
Don’t let your fresh herbs go bad! Chop them up and place them into an ice cube tray with olive oil. When you’re cooking and you need herbs, no need to buy more and let them go bad — grab your frozen herbs and throw them in the pot!
7. How To Tell If An Egg Is Fresh
If you aren’t sure if your eggs are still good, use this easy trick! Put the egg in water. If the egg sinks, it is very fresh. If one end of the egg rises slightly, then the eggs are still good, but not as fresh. If the egg floats, it is bad and should not be consumed.
8. Cut Soft Foods with Floss
Use unscented floss to cut soft foods like cakes and cheeses.
9. Pancake Batter
Remake your pancake batter and put it in a clean Ketchup bottle. This way, you have ready to cook pancakes whenever you want. Bonus: easier to pour into the pan and clean up.
10. Frozen Grapes
To keep your wine chilled without watering it down, freeze grapes and put them in. Freeze white grapes for white wine, and red grapes for red wine.
11. Peeling Ginger
Use a spoon to peel the skin off ginger in your recipes. The spoon easily removes all the skin, even from the bumpy parts of the ginger. This trick can also be used for kiwis.
12. Prevent Water from Boiling Over
When you’re boiling water, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot. This keeps the water from boiling over and making a mess.
13. Easy Taco Shells
If you’re making tacos for dinner, but don’t have any crunchy shells, don’t worry! Take the soft shells, and cook them upside down on your oven rack. Crunchy shells in no time!
14. Get More Juice from Lemons and Limes
Before you cut lemons and limes, roll them on the counter with your palm, applying light pressure. This will make the lemons and limes juicer.
15. Grate Butter
If you need melted butter in a flash, don’t risk microwaving it (if you’re baking, you could cook the eggs prematurely — ew!). Grate the butter and it will melt more quickly.
16. Clear Ice
If you make ice cubes with boiling water, they’ll be clear. If you make your ice cubes with room temperature or clear water, they’ll be foggy.
17. Keep Brown Sugar Soft
To keep your brown sugar soft, put some marshmallows into the container. Make sure the container is also airtight! A damp piece of terra cotta also works to keep brown sugar soft.
18. Hull Strawberries
An easy way to hull strawberries for baking or recipes is to use a straw. Push the straw up through the bottom of the strawberry, and the leaves should come off too.
19. Cut Corn off the Cob
An easier way to cut corn off the cob is to put the corn into the center hole of a bundt pan and then cut it. This way, the corn won’t slip around, and all of the corn will fall into the pan.
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